The producer of this film, the late Menachem Shuval, was a member of a Palmach unit in Israel’s 1948 War Of Independence that suffered heavy casualties in a heroic battle for the Nebbi Yusha fortress in Upper Galilee. Of the twenty-two men killed in that battle, twelve came from a single group of close life-long friends, living in kibbutz Daphna. Several of them died while trying to rescue their wounded friends, refusing to leave them behind. The dead soldiers were buried in a common grave by the fortress that had become a national monument.
It took Mr. Shuval forty years to overcome the emotional trauma of the battle before producing this moving retrospective documentary. The subject is universal, dealing with the pain and agony of war by those who survived it.
The English version was produced and translated by Amnon Ben-Yehuda, now living in San Diego, California, who was a member of the same Palmach unit. He suffered a serious bullet head injury in that battle and was saved by his friends’ bravery and tenacity. Amnon appears in the documentary and also composed the music theme for it. Mr. Shuval was one of Amnon’s rescuers who carried him down the mountain.